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yogurt marinated chicken kebabs

Simple Marinade for Chicken Skewers

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  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


Juicy and tender yogurt marinated chicken kebabs with garlic, spices, lemon, and cilantro. 


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  • 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced or grated with microplane
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, grated with a box-grater
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch chunks


  1. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade: yogurt, garlic, paprika, cumin, onion, lemon zest and juice, olive oil, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the chicken to the marinade and stir to coat evenly. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grease the grill grates thoroughly as the yogurt marinade makes the chicken stick to the grates. 
  4. Thread the chicken onto skewers and grill the chicken kabobs until golden brown and cooked through, turning the skewers occasionally, 13 to 15 minutes. If necessary, use a metal BBQ spatula to scrape underneath the kabobs to release prior to turning. 
  5. Serve immediately. You can keep the chicken on the skewers or feel free to take it off.


  • Onion: Use a box grater with large holes to grate the onion. Grating the onion releases some of the juices which makes the meat tender.
  • Skewers: If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them in cold water for at least 1 hour before using so they don’t burn.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 282
  • Sugar: 2.7 g
  • Sodium: 576 mg
  • Fat: 13.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.8 g
  • Protein: 34.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 148.2 mg